Yeah, I did something I never imagined I could endure doing: getting inked. But no, it’s not that kind of tattoo you probably are thinking of now. And yes, it has something to do with makeup. I expect you to get that last one right. 😉
Last April, I finally decided to have my brows tattooed after several years of struggling with almost bald brows. I figured that by doing so, I could save a lot of preparation time when going out, since doing my brows took 20 to 30 minutes tops. Making the decision was not easy, as I am not very tolerant to pain and dreaded the thought of a needle penetrating through my skin repeatedly; I just wouldn’t be able to take all that blood, I thought. So before setting up a schedule for my permanent eyebrow procedure, I read several blog posts describing the its process and watched a gazillion of videos documenting the same, during which I stumbled upon the aesthetic institution where I had my brows made: Pretty Looks.
Having started the institution with brow tattooing as their specialization, Pretty Looks have already made several innovations in their technology, offering a number of procedures in consideration of their clients’ different brow types. They have Eyebrow Reborn (this is the equivalent of other centers’ regular brow tattoo procedure), 4D Brow Cloning, and S3 Brow Stranding (I think this is similar to Browhaus’ Eyebrow Resurrection). They also have reputable brow ambassadors who I guess did a great job at convincing me to go for this center for my brow tattoo (well, of course the convincing was done through their ads and promo materials, not personally – they’re celebrities! 😀 )
Upon examining my brows, I was advised to avail of the 4D Cloning, which they told me, would look more natural on me, since I have very sparse brow hairs. I was also assured that the procedure would be almost painless and that I could still go malling afterwards (I told them I was planning to go to the mall after the procedure. Hehe.).
The verdict? Well, true to what the therapist said, it was indeed almost painless. Thanks to the topical anesthesia they applied on my brows 30 minutes before the actual procedure, I almost didn’t feel any pain. If there was anything I felt during the tattoo process, it was that of someone drawing on my brows using a ballpoint pen, and that’s it. It was only after the process, when the effect of the anesthesia had subsided, that I felt a little pain. It was very minimal, perhaps like that of the scratch you get when you skin your knees or a part of your body – very tolerable. The wound also healed quickly, maybe because of the topical antibiotic they told me to put on the wound for two weeks. Actually, my wounds healed in less than two weeks, but of course I needed to follow what they advised me to do. I was also advised against putting any makeup product on my brows until medication time lapses.
I was also informed that this procedure involved at least two sessions, depending on how the pigment would appear on my skin: the first one creates the base for the brows, while the second one intensifies the pigment. The first and second sessions must have at least a three-week interval. I had my second session after more than a month. A third session is done for clients who want to have more intense pigmentation on their tattoos, but I was told that two sessions were enough for me, and looking at my brows now, I do agree with them.
Here are pictures of my brows taken during different periods of the process:
So am I satisfied with my permanent brows? If I could give you a million yes-es, I would. A lot of good things came with my permanent brows: My prep time has now been cut short by the 20 to 30 minutes that was once devoted to my eyebrows. I now can also go out of the house instantly. Before, you would not be able to make me go out of the house impromptu, as I’d have to make sure that I had brows. Now, I can face strangers even if I have just woken up. Lastly, I can now have my photos taken during swimming or surfing trips or any activity involving a lot of sweat or getting my face wet, knowing that people won’t mistake me for a brow-less alien anymore.
Pretty Looks brow services range from Php5,000 to Php18,000 depending on the type of procedure and level of expertise of the therapist (My therapist, Jana, is one of their best ones. 🙂 ) You may visit their site by clicking here.